Society of Insurance Research Announces Spring Workshop Series, May 11-13

March 21, 2005

The Society of Insurance Research will hold its Spring 2005 Workshop Series in Chicago from May 11-13.

Nearly two dozen leading insurance researchers will deliver presentations at the event.

On May 11, attendees can choose between a full-day symposium on the keys to effective competitive intelligence, chaired by Ed Budd of Allstate, and a daylong seminar on the most effective ways to transform research into decisions, chaired by Candace Curls of Claritas.

A special luncheon address will be presented by Donald J. Hurzeler, 2004-2005 president of the CPCU Society and chief marketing officer for Zurich’s Commercial Business Group in Schaumburg, Ill. Hurzeler is also author of “Designated for Success”, a book based on his 35-year career in the insurance industry and other life-changing experiences.

On May 12, attendees will be able to choose from an intensive, skills-oriented day devoted to data mining in support of marketing, underwriting, claims, and other critical functions, chaired by Kristie Polk of State Farm, and an information-packed day covering the critical emerging issues that may develop into the next asbestos-like catastrophe for insurers, chaired by Jeff Nagel of Allstate.

On May 13, all attendees will converge for a series of presentations and discussions covering the broad sweep of hot topics now confronting life, health, and property/casualty insurers. Chaired by Dick Randall of Jewelers Mutual Insurance, experts from FitchRatings, the law firm Lord, Bissell & Brook, and the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America will share their insights into today’s late-breaking developments and what insurers must do to adapt to new threats and profit from developing opportunities.

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